The National Association of Women Organizations in Uganda (NAWOU) under the Women Economic Justice Project (WEJ) in Luwero district joined the rest of the world to commemorate International Women’s Day under the theme “women empowerment in the changing world of work” during the national event held in Dokolo district. The WEJ project is implemented in a consortium with Association of Women Lawyers in Uganda (FIDA) and East African Sub region Support Initiative for Advancement of Women (EASSI) with support from Forum for Women and Development (FOKUS).
The colorful event accorded women to show off the fruits of their labour. Their stalls were full with expertly packaged dried fruit and oyster mushrooms; hibiscus powder, juice and seeds, and charcoal briquettes. All these products are a result of the consortium organizations’ efforts to increase the income women earn from farming by adding value to their products and helping in the marketing process. This is done specifically through utilizing low cost preservation methods like sun drying and wrapping the finished products in attractive packaging for sale. Women in the project have been economically empowered through capacity building on business enterprises and entrepreneurship skills, information sharing, and sensitization on economic rights and advocacy which have resulted into increased income levels.
The president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who made a stop at the NAWOU stall, was impressed by the mushroom growing expertise on display. He promised to provide financial support to women’s groups to enable them expand their production to meet the already existing national and international market demands.